WHAT IF whether you believe in magic or not determines the kind of life you lead? What if everything you thought was true was just a hint to something more? What if some unknown something keeps beckoning you forth but grants you no knowledge as to where you're headed?
Mitch, the main character of ITCH, is a professional treasure hunter and designer to the stars. Accustomed to uncovering the unexpected, when a new series of metaphysical challenges comes into view, suddenly his big life seems empty. When the iconic treasures themselves begin to conspire, he's forced to face provocative challenges to confront the neglected acreage of his recessed heart. Though the art of possibility is the gift from on high that keeps on giving, it always promises a colorful journey but not an easy one.
If you google magic guidebooks, you'll get a list of travel guides to Disneyland. ITCH is a real magic guidebook to somewhere still unclaimed, a hinterland beyond the confines of where you are today. ITCH reveals a great secret waiting to be discovered once you pledge you're ready to receive.
Itching and scratching on the surface seem like a simple enough dynamic, but you'll have to intently balance yourself at the very center of the big itch in order to discover the secret art of possibility - in that neglected place where all the magic that awaits you slumbers.
Call me dark but life's magic moves me. So does literature. It all started in boarding school when a bossy French nun with a cool accent made us study Voltaire. She read aloud from Candide. "I am the best-natured creature in the world, and yet I have already killed three men, and of these three, two were priests."
I remember the marked moment of metaphysicotheologicocosmolonigological possibility. Though I couldn't fully grasp the absurdity of Pangloss, this covey of adamant nuns was big on driving home the "no cause without effect" theme. Though years later I needed to unravel the repercussions of conclave satire at too young an age; ever since that day, I was infatuated with the power of the well-suited word.
I never did confess to the nuns how seriously I believed in magic. That would've been considered sacrilegious. But for heaven's sake why, I wondered. Everything they told us about God sounded entirely magical from start to finish. So it wasn't a stretch to consider words magical too. They come to us from the ethers and call us into a reality that we hadn't considered possible.
Long story shorter, after dabbling in the larger world modeling for Coppertone, I studiously set-out to retrieve my bottoms from the little black dog; getting two degrees and having a fruitful career as an advertising/marketing executive. Once tired of jingles, I decided to write about the characters I'd only met in my head. Committed to the ideal that creating anything worthwhile is magical in and of itself; I trust that we all have more access to magical possibilities than we attest.
This book is additional proof of that for me. But enough about me already. I'm just elated to share ITCH with you. I hope it stirs you in the most unpredictable ways. And may it also serve to remind you that in case you've also too willingly dismissed or forfeited that magical something - whatever it is that's been persistently calling out to you - the time to step up and go for it is now...Because this uncharted journey, comprised of both art and magic holds your secret transformative power. When the 'Itch' comes for you...let it in. Make grace happen. It is all yours.
A - The book club leader can pick 3 of the following questions to focus the group discussion as each member shares their experience and insight.
B. - Put a dozen numbers into a bowl and have each member draw one. The members can lead the discussion covering the question they picked.
1- Do you believe in magic? How does the way you think about it shape your life?
2- If you had a magic crystal ball and could see the future, would you want to use it? Discuss the pros and cons of your choice.
3- How does a friend or partner help you discover your true self? Discuss the inherent magic of sharing, as depicted through the characters and the book's classical idea about the power of two.
4- What inspires you? Why is having out of the box, atypical experiences so essential to self-discovery?
5- Choose one philosophical insight or a famous quote in the book and discuss how it shapes your ideals and perspective.
6- What is your idea of beauty? Do you see your life as art? Discuss your starring role as the artist of your life.
7- Do you provide enough oxygen to support the art in your life? How might you expand your exposure and relationship to art of all kinds?
8- How are you prioritizing your personal gifts and what art are you devoted to producing or supporting? Discuss Mitch's predicament and how you can relate.
9- Discuss how you perceive the book's central concepts about the power of two and the reciprocal roles of actor and watcher.
10- Which character resonated the most for you and why?
11- Discuss what you collect or hope to collect and why.
12- What particular insight in the book was most significant for you? What was your major take away from the book? Discuss what it means to you and how you might utilize it.
...IF READING THIS BOOK WAS A THOUGHTFUL EXPERIENCE,
SHARE A COPY WITH A FRIEND AND SEE WHERE THE MAGIC